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Pensioner appeals for help in finding her son Basil McAfee's killer

By staff reporter

The heartbroken mother of axe murder victim Basil McAfee has spoken of the horrific moment she found the blood-soaked body of her dead son.

Pensioner Anne McAfee (68) said she hugged and kissed her son before summoning help.

"When I opened the door I saw Basil and the first thing I noticed was that his head was bashed in," she said.

"First of all I hugged him, and I kissed him, felt him, stroked his back. I had the phone in my hand and I was doing that while I phoned the emergency services. I asked for the police and ambulance because I knew he had been murdered."

Mr McAfee (50), also known as Paschal, was bludgeoned to death in his Henderson Avenue home off Belfast's Cavehill Road, Belfast on December 19. The popular father-of-two, who was from the Ardoyne district, had axe wounds all over his body. He had also been stabbed a number of times and his home ransacked, with money stolen.

There were no signs of forced entry and no weapons have been found.

A 34-year-old man who was arrested by the PSNI in the days after Basil's murder was released without charge on Boxing Day.

Mrs McAfee is convinced the identity of the man who cruelly hacked her son to death is known to others.

"I would ask anybody who knew anything to just please ring the police because the person who did this has to have something wrong with them," she said.

Anyone with information can contact the PSNI on 0845 600 8000.

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